Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top End Of The World Midnight WheatShock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat

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Missouri, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of kneeland
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll start with that it was definitely worth a try. Contains wheat, chocolate, chili and spices? Yes please! But I wasn't as excited after I tried it. Where's the chili? I think it mixed with the chocolate to make an even wheatier taste. If you like wheat, wheat and more wheat beer, than this is for you.

I'm not in love with the appearance. It's a very cloudy orange color, not the most appealing look. It pours a decent head though. Pretty lacy.

Also, I couldn't find any food that went very well with it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Ale brewed with Midnight Wheat, Chocolate malt, chili and spice. To serve, pour down the side of the glass until 1/2 inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining brew and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam. Enjoy!" Part of shock top's growing seasonal collection, new for fall/winter 2012. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick frothy tannish-white head that recedes quickly. Body color is a mild hazy amber-brown with medium carbonation. Surface cover is decent but no lacing is underwhelming. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma consists of a clean pale malt, caramel-forward with midnight wheat close behind. Chocolate is very faint and comes across as dry. Spice blend includes a touch of cinnamon, a pinch of allspice and a faint dash of nutmeg. Young chili husks add an interesting touch but spiciness doesn't quite hit the nose. Yeast adds faint tones of dark fruits, like dates and raisins. Not a terrible aroma but nothing truly comes forward like they should be in a wheat beer. I would have enjoyed a fuller aroma, bigger body and some more focus on the key uniqueness that this beer is capable of. On a positive note, nothing is dominating the nose which is good for the overall balance of the aroma. Potency is just shy of medium. 3.5

(Taste) Much more thorough flavors in terms of midnight wheat and chocolate malts, both add a smoky and roasty complexity at the slight sacrifice of a dry finish. The chili does add twang on the finish but doesn't make for a spicy beer. Spices are at their ideal levels; cinnamon and allspice are both evident but not too overpowering on the palate. My biggest complaint about the flavor is the dryness which drops drinkability. The lack of sweetness brings out an otherwise in-balance bitterness on the finish. Touch up the malt body a note or two and bring some of the faint fruit notes in from the yeast profile and this would be a fantastic beer. A surprisingly well-crafted dark wheat beer with a risky but well-executed flavor profile. 4

(Mouthfeel) Very relaxed carbonation profile. It's a bit slick on the tongue but lacks that fullness of body that a midnight wheat should have. Some mild chewiness is expected and a slight tartness accentuates the bitterness on the finish. Balance is a bit off; sweetness is underutilized. Body is Medium for the style, and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is light. The general limited carbonation is a change for Shock Top as it allows the drinker to enjoy the subtleties, which are much more plentiful in this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Wow. As far as the Shock Top beers go, this is a winner for me. There's some work to be done with the body. I'd love to get more roasty flavors, a stronger chocolate emphasis and a slightly sweeter flavor overall, but the overall impressions of this beer are positive. I'd have to check with their Belgian White again, but I'm pretty certain this is one of the best ones they've put out to date, and I'd recommend picking up a bottle, even in January. 3.75

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s
Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat Ale

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cloudy with a rust-like hue, the head is off-white and just under two fingers thick. Fair retention. Lacing is fair with good stick.

Smell - Wheat and orange dominate the aroma, while faint notes of chocolate and peppery spice lurk in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose: predominate wheat and orange flavor upfront, then hits on subtle hints of peppery spice and even less, a ghostly faint chocolate presence. Minor burning sensation long into the aftertaste, thanks to the pepper spicing.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with strong, lively carbonation. Tingles the lips. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - I came into this beer expecting it to be awful, and I came away quite surprised. I'll be damned if Shock Top didn't finally produce a beer with decent flavor. Sure there are some minor flaws, mostly the supporting flavors that don't hit quite on the levels they should, but all in all, this is a very solid effort.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to waste my time going through the in and outs of reviewing a massed produced Coors product. This is a drinkable session beer that I happened to be ingesting on the night of the of End of the World, or so as interpreted by people who believed such because of the Mayan calendar not extending past 12.21.2012. get back on topic, it's a drinkable beer that you can have multiple iterations of if you can tolerate shock top and like wheat beer; this case will be in your price grab it.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a murky brown with some orange highlights, with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a small ring with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Odd mix of dark bitter chocolate and caramel with a touch of wheat. Strange but alluring.

T: Starts with a strong burst of wheat followed by roasted flavors. I'm getting a little bitter chocolate with hints of caramel. There is a little bit of citrus tartness in the finish. Strange but interesting.

M: Really lighter than I was hoping for, carbonation is pretty sharp on the tongue. Finish is on the dry side.

O: Pretty different beer here, worth looking for and giving a try and with a pretty good ABV.

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Photo of Kelly42
4.05/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this today and loved it. I love IPA's, this is not as bitter, great for non-IPA enjoyers. Not as filling as other dark ales, very enjoyable. I see bad reviews, but this beer got me to sign up here and offer a few good words. I enjoy Shock Top, this is a surprising departure.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 bottle poured into sniffer glass.
A: pours a medium amber brown, 1 finger medium khaki foam head that fades, some carbonation, no lacing
S: wheat, chocolate, hints of chilli, and also some citrus
M: thin and light
T: malt, bread, light chocolate, some citrus, and hints of chilli. Light overall on flavor and kinda watery, as it warms some flavors come forward a little stronger.
O: okay selection for people interested in light flavors. Would not but again.

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Photo of imthaschmidt
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Darker Beer, Poured DArk with almost no lace sticking around on the top, AT first when reading the label you think this will be an interesting beer to try... well personally its not. I thought this beer was horrible and was disappointed by it. I thought there would be a heavy flavor due to the fact it has chocolate and chillis in it. but that was not the case. it seemed like the beer was confused.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I survived the End of the World on Friday and instead of a lousy t-shirt, I got a bottle of beer!

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with Midnight Wheat, Chocolate Malt, Chili and spice."; "To serve, pour down the side of the glass until 1/2 inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining beer and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam. Enjoy!"

Sheesh! Now they are giving us directions on how to pour their beer ... I am a) astounded and b) disinterested. My pour created a nice two-finger cap of dense, rocky light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a murky brownish-amber, kind of like turbid river water. Nose held some promise with notes of chocolate and some kind of spice. I do not know that I would have guessed "Chili", but there was a spiciness to the nose. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the flavors were very muted. Yes, I perceived both chocolate and spice, but nowhere near the level of yesterday's Theobroma or even Organic Chocolate. Finish was semi-dry and mildly spicy, but the whole thing lacked Oomph! It just did not seem an appropriate way to see the world end.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat pours to a cloudy, mahogany color with a nose that emphasizes a little bit of chocolate, some vanilla, and some toffee. There is a good level of foam on this beer if the pour is aggressive enough and it maintains its shape for a good amount of time.

This beer has a taste that combines flavors of chocolate malt, bread, and a little bit of citrus up front, with a small amount of spice. The beer is medium bodied and it finishes with a certain degree of spice that lingers for only a short amount of time.

Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat seems similar to other Shock Top products in many ways. Like the others, it does have a few good qualities, but also like the others, it seems a tad lacking overall- almost a teaser product in many ways. I like the chocolate malt flavors, but I still wish there was more and I could barely detect any chili. Only when I really searched for the chili component did I find it, in the finish, and it was rather tame.

Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat seems slightly better than other Shock Top products thanks to the slightly fuller body, but it is still lacking in a few areas. It may not be the end of the world, but those who sample this beer may very well hope for more end of the world predictions and, along with them, better beer products that use this theme.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat and spices. Taste is spicy, wheat, a touch of chocolate, different and unique. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of kopper65
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It took me three bottles of this stuff for me to figure out if I liked it enough to buy again. I think I will. I like the spiciness of it, and the slight taste of chili, even though I'd like it even more if those flavors were a little stronger. The chocolate maltiness is nice, too, and overall this is a pretty snappy, tasty beer. I'm not all that familiar with the Shock Top Family... I mean, I know it's an Anheuser-Busch product... I just mean I haven't tried them all and this is the first one I've reviewed. Where was I? Oh yeah, so anyway, it's not bad. In fact, it's actually pretty good, especially if you remember to swirl the beer around a little in the bottle when there's about an inch left in it, before pouring it all into your glass. That not only gives you a little extra head, but it definitely helps bring out more of the spicy flavor in the wheat sediment at the bottom of the bottle. So yeah, I'd recommend it. Not extremely good or anything, but better than average, and definitely impressive for AB/InBev.

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Photo of 308
3.26/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better beer to pick up when browsing for something to enjoy tomorrow, Dec 21st. I decided to try one a few hours early and was surprised, both good and bad.

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Poured nicely with a good thick head, not too dense but just right. A nice deep copper to amber color. Looks much like a typical brown ale.

Smell- Interesting, alot going on here, but none over powering. Expected overpowering peppery taste, but got a pleasant malty aroma with hints of citrus and pepper.

Taste - I expected a real punch in the face with the flurry of flavors on the bottle. I was surprised that it didn't, however it was a bit of a letdown because it was so tame. I didn't notice much if any chocolate, it's likely there but covered up. The pepper is just right, but generally mostly a malty citrus taste is most prominent on the front and back end.

Mouth feel- The mouth feel is full of citrus zing. It was good in that it was different, and in a good way. It was just different enough to enjoy over the glass, but not something I would partake on a regular basis.

Overall - Overall this is a decent diversion from the normal. I could enjoy a 6 pack no problem, but 12 would find themselves sitting in the fridge a bit.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.84/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Getting close to the apocalypse and saw this at the store and decided to give it a try. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a cloudy amber to brown color with a 2 finger thick light tan head. The head is pretty good and sticks around for a while with a lasting layer after a while.

Smell: Light smell with caramel and some spice in there. Chocolate is very subtle, and no chili is apparent. Some citrus in the middle. Very faint aroma.

Taste: Pretty light, but there is a slight wheaty or citrus note up front. Some darker maltier notes follow that, but it doesn't seem to go together that well. Not much spice or chili to speak contrary to what was written on the bottle. Some bread in there, but overall light and like a maltier Shock Top.

Mouthfeel: Has some bite to it with just a bit of lingering spiciness for a brief second. I guess that's where the chili comes in rather than the taste.

Overall: Like I said just a maltier Shock Top. Not bad, not good.

I'm hoping this isn't my last beer if the world ends soon. Nothing exciting.

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Photo of barczar
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep brown color with copper highlights and a 3/4" cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving lines of lacing and a pool of foam across the surface.

Wheat, pepper, and a hint of chocolate comprise the aroma, which is pretty subtle.

The backbone of the flavor profile is wheaty, and a fruity pepper taste is evident throughout. There's a bit of chocolate at the finish, along with a peppery bite. A metallic taste surfaces later.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a light peppery, alcohol warmth.

Overall, much more subtle in both flavor and aroma than anticipated. Pepper is not overwhelmingly hot, just noticeable. I've had light mass-produced beers with more flavor...oh,'s AB/InBev.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger thick head, white in color with relatively long retention. Sticky lacing. Light brown color, medium clarity. Decent looking beer.

S- Medium bodied malts, warm smells. Not very complex. I can't pick out the chili and other spices as well as I should.

T- Spicy, warm, slightly metallic. Not good.

M- Marshmallowy, medium bodied. Meh.

O- Not great.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours an opaque dark ruby with a 2 finger white head that is quick to dissipate. Just a spotting of lace.

S: A wheat base with a dark fruit aroma. Hints of chocolate add some sweetness.

T: Light wheat taste, there certainly is a hint of chocolate and I can get a lingering hotness from the chili. Not a bold flavor gotta know its there and then look for it.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Is an easy drinking beer.

Overall it is better than I thought but could easily be better. Give it a shot if your not into anything bold.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, iced-tea color,with an airy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Some hard sniffing detects a whiff of wheat malt and little else
Taste-Thin-bodied, very faint dark malt, with just a hint of chili and spice in the finish.
A low-end, entry-level brew for adventurous Bud drinkers. Still, its a try at something different, and could be someone's stepping stone towards better craft beer.

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Photo of wac9
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow surprise what a great beer taste like a scottish ale and they are few and far between and a wheat my frist great great look great pour i highy recommend this beer dont know what other want in their but this is what i want what i like so enjoy anytime

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Photo of JMad
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a murky brown color with an off white head that quickly reduced to a filmy layer. Doesnt have much of an aroma i could only detect some wheat, citrus and hay. Tastes like it smells, just a little better with a hint of grassy hop. Goes down smooth and refreshing and is actuallu not bad. Now this beer might please everybody but it's actually a nice easy drinking brew and I could drink a couple more honestly.

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Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost perfect. It pours dark brown with an thick off-white cream that quickly fades. Smell is of spice, a bit of pepper and the tiniest note of cocoa. Taste has a bitter wheat taste that fades into cocoa if you have a small taste. A larger taste more emphasizes the other flavors of the spices as well as the chili. The chili flavor gradually grows as you drink the beer. Whoever thought chocolate and chili should go together was a culinary genius.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.56/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ Oades Big Ten. Brewed with midnight wheat, chocolaste malt, chile and spice. 6.0% ABV. Thick layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottom. Pours out to a cloudy ugly murky brown, forming a nice light yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation. The nose is not very appealing...mild diacetyl, corn and tons of acetaldehyde with that domestic pale lager adjuncty sweetness. No real hop nose, no real spice nose. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Thankfully, it doesn't taste as bad as it smells. There is a little bit of complexity here with subtle notes of roasted malts and a touch of chili spice which adds a very distant heat and a little flavor. Very mild bitterness keeps some of the weird sweetness in check. Probably the most bitter AB beer I've ever had (guessing maybe 15 IBU's) which isn't saying much.

Like driving past a car wreck, I just had to try this. Not something I'd like to repeat.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- this one pours a hazy brown-copper color, looks almost like watery cola, small white head with no lace

S- there's some wheat, a bit of sweet malt, chipotle peppers. The whole package actually smells like chili cheese flavored Fritos, hmmm.

T- tastes line Wendy's chili, in beer form. You can taste the wheat, and a bit of the chocolate malt, the chipotle chili taste leaves just a bit of heat on the finish.

M- medium carbonation, light-medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel

O- this one just didn't do it for me. It's an interesting take and I'm glad to see them trying new things, but I won't be purchasing this one any time soon.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a big, frothy, white head

S - cocoa nibs, some spices

T - cocoa, wheat, nutmeg, cinnamon

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I think this beer is far better than any of the other Shock Top offerings. It's not tremendously flavored and it won't impressive any beer snob, but from a macro this is an intriguing beer that dares to be different. I like the addition of the cocoa and spices with a wheat base. I don't think I will buy this again, but I'm glad I tried it. I'd also like to see other breweries try something similar.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: the appearance is a dark brown color with orange notes with a light foamy head.
S: it smells of wheat mostly
T: the taste is ok, with a very slight taste of pepper on the back end
MF: weak body but great carbonation
O: I would probably give it a 3.25 but I can't. One of the better beers from shock top

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Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.05 out of 5 based on 436 ratings.
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